Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Pages 7 - 9
‘Cancer – 50 Essential Things to Do’ is a book by Greg Anderson which I used as a guide to journal what I needed to work through in the immediate aftermath of being diagnosed with Stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer.
Quotes from the book will be in italics.
Stop Awfulizing (1):
Be calm! Try not to panic. Panic will only inhibit rational and positive action.
Clear decision making will be most important.
Panic acts only to your detriment. Panic is the mind projecting its fears about the unknown future. Panic is caused by an assumption. It is not based on material fact.
*We are not made up of just our fears.
Instead of being in the role of victim who is hopelessly caught up in a web of panic and despair, become the observer. Do not engage the mind in battle; simply watch the emotions and let them go, by doing this your panic will subside.
Imagine yourself as an effective problem solver. In reality I am an effective problem solver. I am a competent and confident person who will need to make some very important decisions.
Clear decision making is mine.
Cancer does not mean death.
*I am not uncontrolled panic even though I may occasionally experience panic.
Take Charge (2):
I am the most important person on my cancer recovery team. I am the one who is ill; and I am the one who must work to get well.
*Do not be intimidated by medical personnel or the process. You are the one in charge.
My cancer recovery team:
Oncologist – Dr. Grenier
Hematologist – Dr. Shojania
Laboratory Technologists – blood tests
Pharmacists – drugs to lessen side effects.
Psychosocial Oncology Counselor – Irene Shapira
Clinical Dietician – what foods to avoid/eat – Robin
Breast Surgeon – Dr. Gillespie
Mould Room Technicians – radiation mould
Radiation Oncologist – Dr. Akra
How wonderful to have such a team.
Flo says I will meet many angels along the way.
Nadalene says because of my dynamic personality (hee hee) I will be an angel to many people along the way.
*artwork by my dear Flossy-P